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The monthly payment on a $20,000 loan ranges from **$273 to $2,009**, depending on the APR and how long the loan lasts. For example, if you take out a $20,000 loan for one year with an APR of 36%, your monthly payment will be $2,009.

For instance, using our loan calculator, if you buy a $20,000 vehicle at 5% APR for 60 months the monthly payment would be **$377.42** and you would pay $2,645.48 in interest.

You will likely need a credit score of **at least 660** for a $20,000 personal loan. Most lenders that offer personal loans of $20,000 or more require fair credit or better for approval, along with enough income to afford the monthly payments.

Personal loan applicants **with a FICO credit score of 670 or higher, you may have a good shot at getting a $20,000 personal loan with a favorable rate and loan term**. While it's possible to get approved with a credit score lower than that, it could get expensive. Many mainstream lenders charge as high as 36 percent.

**The average new car payment in America has crept above the $500 per month mark for the fist time**, settling in at $503, according to a recent study by Experian. And if that weren't bad enough, the average length of a car loan now stands at 68 months.

Example: A six year fixed-rate loan for a $25,000 new car, with 20% down, requires a $20,000 loan. Based on a simple interest rate of 3.4% and a loan fee of $200, this loan would have **72 monthly payments of $310.54 each** and an annual percentage rate (APR) of 3.74%.

Your new loan amount would be $25,000, your monthly payment would be **$452**, and you'd pay $2,113 in total interest charges.

Having a 700 credit score puts you in the “prime” category for borrowing. According to Experian, the average rates for this category are **3.51% for new-car loans and 5.38% for used-car loans**.

In general, lenders look for borrowers in the prime range or better, so you will need a score of **661 or higher** to qualify for most conventional car loans.

When dealers sense hesitation, they'll sometimes try to force buyers off the fence by telling them that the deal they offered is good only for that day, or that another buyer is interested in the same car. This is their attempt to force you into an emotion-based decision.

To cut to the chase, it's smart to spend **less than 10% of your monthly take-home pay** on your car payment, so you can keep your total car costs below 15% to 20% of your income.

Expert estimates range broadly. Greg McBride, a senior vice president, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com, advises that a car payment should equal **no more than 15 percent of your pretax monthly pay**. That means that if you make $50,000 a year, your monthly car payment could be as much as $625.

A $30,000 car, roughly **$600 a month**.

The average monthly car payment was **$644 for a new vehicle and $488 for used vehicles** in the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2021, according to Experian data. The average lease payment was $531 a month in the same period.

If you're in the market for a new car, you might be asking yourself — how much is the average car payment? Experian reports that, as of the second quarter of 2020, new vehicle owners paid an average of **$568 a month** on their vehicles, while used car owners paid $397.

The result is that **the car will be a lot more expensive in the end**. In the example we've given, a car payment of $400 per month for five years (60 months) equates to $24,000. But the same $400 per month spread out over six years (72 months) is $28,800, while it's $33,600 over seven years (84 months).

When it comes to a down payment on a new car, you should try to cover **at least 20% of the purchase price**. For a used car, a 10% down payment might do. Part of your decision will depend on where your credit score stands.

Experts say your total car expenses, including monthly payments, insurance, gas and maintenance, should be about 20 percent of your take-home monthly pay. For non-math wizards, like me – Let's say your monthly paycheck is $4,000. Then **a safe estimate for car expenses is $800 per month**.

As of January 2020, U.S. News reports the following statistics for average auto loan rates: Excellent (750 - 850): **4.93 percent for new, 5.18 percent for used, 4.36 percent for refinancing**. Good (700 - 749): 5.06 percent for new, 5.31 percent for used, 5.06 percent for refinancing.

**The larger the down payment, the lower your monthly payment will be—and you'll probably get a better interest rate, to boot**. The general rule is that your payment will drop about $20 a month for every $1,000 you put down, based on a 5% APR, but this is subject to individual situations and loan terms.

How much should you spend on a car? If you're taking out a personal loan to pay for your car, it's a good idea to limit your car payments to between 10% and 15% of your take-home pay. **If you take home $4,000 per month, you'd want your car payment to be no more than $400 to $600**.

The average monthly car payment for **new cars is $648**. The average monthly car payment for used cars is $503. 41.02 percent of consumers financed new vehicles in Q1 of 2022.

- “I really love this car” ...
- “I don't know that much about cars” ...
- “My trade-in is outside” ...
- “I don't want to get taken to the cleaners” ...
- “My credit isn't that good” ...
- “I'm paying cash” ...
- “I need to buy a car today” ...
- “I need a monthly payment under $350”

- Learn dealer buzzwords. ...
- This year's car at last year's price. ...
- Working trade-ins and rebates. ...
- Avoid bogus fees. ...
- Use precise figures. ...
- Keep salesmen in the dark on financing. ...
- Use home-field advantage. ...
- The monthly payment trap.